Past Risings

Kicking Facebookunnamed

Written & Performed by Margery Kreitman
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

“Margery is a master of deadpan delivery with the best of comic timing. I could not stop laughing at her amazing observations about breakups and being a social media ‘junkie.’ Poignant and hilarious all at the same time. This is one show you do not want to miss!” -Linda Ayres Fredrick, Bay Area Critics Circle

“Getting over a break-up has never been easy, but the 21st century brings its own set of pst-relationship complications, not the least of which is the danger of social media addiction. Margery Kreitman shares her hilarious and harrowing experiences…” -Marin Independent Journal

“I laughed so hard and felt the poignancy.”Suze Allen, Dramatist Guild

Kicking Facebook is Margery Kreitman’s serio-comic solo performance about her love/hate relationship with social media. After the breakup with her long-time partner, Margery turns to the Internet for diversion, and to seek love and connection. Distracted and unable to write, she finds herself clicking on just one more pet video, news story, or dating site. Rapidly becoming addicted to life on the Internet, her world spirals out of control.

Margery Kreitman is San Francisco playwright and performer. She is the creator and curator of LEZWRITES! for 3Girls Theatre, where she is a resident playwright. Her solo works, The Boot, A Singular Story, and Soul Stone, were launched at the 3Girls Theatre reading series. Margery’s other solo works include Home Plates (Dean Goodman Choice Awards), Thirty Years Later, Phenomenal Dread of Intimacy, Mug Shots, Payday at Pukalani (A Maui Fringe Festival winer) and Bouncing. Her most recent solo work, Kicking Facebook, was a finalist in 3Girls Theatre’s 2015 Salon Series, and was recently performed at the 2016 Fringe Festival, The One for All Solo Artists Festival, YES to Everything Theater Series, and most recently at the 2016 United Solo Theatre Festival, New York City. She has taught Theater Arts extensively, including ACT’s Young Conservatory, The Academy of Art University, and The New Conservatory Theater Center. For more information on Margery Kreitman, visit her website, www.margeryk.com

The Amazing Bubble Man’s Show for Grown-Up Kids

Written & Performed by Louis Pearlunnamed
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

“Greatest bubble show on Earth.”SF Gate.com

“It’s a fantastic show. Louis Pearl playfully forms bubbles beyond imagination, and engages the audience with easygoing nonverbal slapstick.” 

“Louis Pearl — aka The Amazing Bubble Man — truly deserves his title. Most of the show is accompanied by gasps and awes…and that’s just the adults…”

“This show captivated its young audience and the adults loved it as well. highly recommended.” British Theater Guide

This is a chance for adults to enjoy Louis’s creations and comedy in a show for adults without children present. though it is a show for ‘adults,’ it is not necessarily an ‘adult’ bubble show.

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science, and fun of bubbles. An EdFringe favorite, he has sold out there for the last ten years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combinging comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, fog, and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornadoes, and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. This show will also feature multi-instrumentalist, Jet Black Pearl, accompanying Louis with bubbly music to double your pleasure.

A Tension to Detail

Written & Performed by Gerard Harris
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
80 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 17+
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

“Opening night’s audience ran to the stage to hug him” – The View, Hamilton

“…doing something so unlike conventional storytelling or long-form stand-up comedy that he is dancing on the edge of a knife” – Apt 613, Ottawa

“The man lays himself bare in his stories. his catharsis becomes your own” – Peter Aguero, Host f the Month, NYC

“He just rambled on and on and on and I never wanted him to stop” (Audience Testimonial, Montreal). That’s the best description that we could find for what it’s like to see Gerard Harris live. The acclaimed British storyteller tells tales with an uncommon force, a hyper-fervid mind and “all the wit and timing of an accomplished road comic” (Winnipeg Free Press). Mixing the deeply personal with the profoundly frivolous, A Tension to Detail looks at the foundational tales we tell ourselves and the narrative choices we make as writers of our own lives. You’ll also learn about the functionality of the average bulldog brain and the most humane way to dispatch a lobster into eternity. Equal parts philosophical, psychological and scatological, this award-winning hit show is “an unforgettable storybook ride of twists and turns told by a master craftsman” (Art Murmurs, Wellington, New Zealand), as well as a fresh challenge to storytellers everywhere.

Meanwhile, here’s 30 seconds that sums up the entire show and everything we’re talking about:

A Tension To Detail at The Marsh, San Francisco, Nov 30 from gerard harris on Vimeo.

Gerard Harris is a storyteller, comedian, TV writer, and musician from the UK currently engaged on a perpetual world tour with his three solo shows, A Tension to Detail, Attention Seeker, and Tales You Lose and a ensemble piece Let’s Start a Country! 

Past career glories include guesting multiple times on CBC/PRI’s ‘Wiretap with Jonathan Goldstein’ (best known for his world on This American Life), writing cartoons for 3 year-olds at the BBC, making up jokes for one of the biggest comics in the UK, and performing ‘A Tension to Detail’ over 100 times without getting bored.

He is currently based everywhere, having taken an involuntary vow of poverty 3 years ago upon quitting what was, in retrospect, a great dayjob so he can do this and since that time he has performed in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Canada. This is his first legal appearance in the United States.

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Written & Performed by Steve Budd
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
53 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 16+
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale

Best of Fringe: 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival

“What They Said About Love was funny, poignant thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love. It was an amazing performance.”Richard Connema of Talkin’Broadway

Steve Budd (actor and writer) asked a bunch of couples about the push and pull of love–that is, what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. He spoke to some singles, too, about why they can’t seem to settle down. Meet a New Age couple that met before they met, an artist who can’t resist homeless guys in her West Oakland ‘hood, a guy who falls for women who remind him of his mother, and a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-6. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies abut how others look for love–and , in some cases, find it. This is documentary theater at its best, following in the footsteps of Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews. The piece was developed with the help and direction of David Ford at The Marsh, with additional assistance from Slater Penney.

Steve Budd is an actor, writer, storyteller, standup comic, solo performer, and single guy. He has performed at many Bay Area venues, including The Marsh, The San Francisco Fringe Festival, Tell It ON Tuesday, T.M.I., Busting Out, The Shout, The Vent, and Solo Sundays. He’s also acted with many local theater companies, including the San Francisco Playhouse, Custom Made, the New Conservatory Theater, Impact, and Marin Shakespeare. He lives in Oakland. Find out more at stevebudd.net

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Written & Performed by Shelley Campbell
Developed with Ann Randolph & Joshua Townshend
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15 and up
Tickets: $10 – $15 sliding scale
A Benefit for the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance

 

After 25 years of spiritual seeking, through the sixties, a high minded ashram complete with brilliant unbalanced guru and imbibing the wisdom traditions of every culture, Shelley is devastated by the sudden death of her grown son.

Grief cracks her wide open as she finds her philosophical belief system is inadequate as it is washed away in the depth of her pain and disorientation. Full of sorrow and shame, she struggles to come to terms with her new life.

She turns to the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral to find a way to hold her regrets with a new awareness of the finality and closeness of death.

A  journey into forgiveness where with wit, black humor, and self-deprecation she discovers the center of her life is much simpler and closer to home than she imagined.

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Written and Performed by Diane Barnes
Directed by David Ford & Rebecca Fisher
Developed with David Ford
Coaching by Jill Vice
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:30pm
72 minutes | No Intermission | All Ages
Tickets: $10 – $15 Sliding Scale

“An amazing life story… A wonderful woman to spend 75 minutes with.” -London Yoedeller

“Very honest…very uplifting…” -London Free Press

Diane’s horse suddenly charges through the arena as if she isn’t on his back. Unfortunately, she is. “Why isn’t he listening?” she wonders., never guessing he knows something she doesn’t. Other riders try to take the reins. Diane refuses. She doesn’t realize the wiggly ropey things in her hands are reins.

Diane is fine. She’s in control. Has to be. A mother of two young children, they’re always on her mind. She considers then rejects the possibility she is having a stroke. She knows the symptoms, and yes, she has the worst headache of her life, but she’s a doctor. She diagnoses strokes. Strokes happen to other people. Eventually, Diane releases the reins of her horse. It takes her a lot longer to release the reins of her life and then only when her 14 year-old song yanks them from her.

Diane Barnes has performed My Stroke of Luck at Monday Night Marsh, Tell It On Tuesdays, and at the Orlando, London, Ontario, and Vancouver Fringe Festivals. She will be performing at Solo Sundays on November 13.

After surviving the hemorrhagic stroke that inspired this show, Diane discovered improvisation (Patricia Marsden Ryan and BATS)! “Yes, And,” the mantra of Improv, opened an
alternate universe for this “Humm…show me the evidence,” skeptic scientist. Diane’s
first solo performance (W. Allen Taylor) shared her experience negotiating the hurdles to
single parent adoption. Audience response galvanized her with the power of storytelling
and she’s never looked back. Diane left the practice of medicine in 2010. Now a
Meisner trained actor, Diane completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Summer
Training Congress (modern and classic), studied with Anna Deveare Smith, Ann
Randolph, Keith Johnstone, and The D’ell Arte School of Physical Drama.  Diane has
appeared at The Marsh, Ross Valley Players, College of Marin, Studio One, BATS and
Pan Theater. Diane, a NYC transplant, 3rd generation physician is a graduate of
Stanford University and Yale University School of Medicine, board certified in Diagnostic
Radiology.

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Written and Performed by Maureen Langan
Developed with & Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 17 and up
Tickets: $10 – $15 Sliding Scale

DAUGHTER OF A GARBAGE MAN is a tale of Maureen Langan’s 1970’s upbringing in New Jersey, in which her Irish mother and Bronx-born father, a New York City sanitation worker, told her to work hard, get an education and life would reward her.

But is that true? How do you tell a girl to read and write when Kim Kardashian is getting the book deals, when making a sex tape is more valued than knowing the proper use of semicolons, when oiling up your ass leads to fame and fortune? WHO IS TO BLAME? Is it our parents’ fault? America’s fault? Yes and Yes!

DAUGHTER OF A GARBAGE MAN is a funny and moving work that contrasts America’s celebrity-obsessed culture with the personal struggles of Maureen’s parents and their goals for her to live the American Dream. Maureen taps into the hearts and frustrations of hard-working people everywhere who wonder if they, too, were raised wrong.

Maureen Langan is a standup comic and talk show host. Her show, Hanging with Langan, can be heard Sunday nights from 7pm-10pm on KGO radio in San Francisco. Maureen performed on Broadway with Rosie O’Donnell and opened for Steven Wright, Dennis Miller, and Joy Behar. She’d been featured on HBO, Gotham Live, Comics Unleashed, CBS, FOX, and HLN. She’d performed at festivals in Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK.

Maureen grew up in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, where there is no lake. Her desire to live in a style to which she had never been accustomed led her to attend Montclair State University to study Communications and English. At the time, she believed that was the path to success.

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Performed by Corey Weinstein with Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
70 minutes (with discussion afterwards) | No Intermission | Ages 13 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Erased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me is about memory, the Holocaust and the

process of negotiating the personal and communal trauma of WWII.

The play recounts the story of the ethnic cleansing of the Jews by gunfire in the
Ukraine in 1941 using the established historical record as resources. And it tells the author’s
story as he grew up in a gilded Jewish ghetto in the backwash of the Holocaust; about how
his community managed the shock and trauma.  The 15 songs that provide the backbone of
the play are interspersed with narratives about what was done, what was lost, what was
erased in our lives, and what can be recovered even now.

In the J Weekly (4/28/16) Rabbi Jane Litman said of the play “(it) weaves together
music, memories and historical data as a metaphor for the complex strands of thought that
form contemporary understanding of the Holocaust. By juxtaposing flashbacks to the death
squads of Eastern Europe with the stories about the inchoate trauma suffered by a
generation of post-Holocaust American Jews,” she continued, Weinstein “underscores the
role that history plays in the lives of ordinary people.”

Corey Weinstein is a songwriter and clarinet player born in September 1944.  He
has published two CDs of music largely inspired by the klezmer and Yiddish stage musical
traditions and leads the klezmer band Umzist which performs only for free. On stage Corey
is joined by Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz who have sung with the San Francisco
Jewish Folk Chorus and in other venues in the Bay Area.

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Written and Performed by Kathleen Denny
Directed by Mark Kenward
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 14 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

“Funny, a wee bit poignant and entirely honest.” –Winnipeg Free Press

“Will leave you grateful…Profound.” — The Watermark – LGBT Newspaper of Central Florida

SOLD OUT at the San Francisco Fringe

Got a family? Ever wonder what might happen if people told the truth?

Kathleen tells the funny and unvarnished truth as she unwraps a gathering of her clan for their father’s funeral. She and a sibling will give eulogies. How do you sum up the life of a parent? Dad charmed the world, but not his own family. Step up for dueling eulogies!

Writer and storyteller Kathleen Denny is a relative newcomer to solo performance. Family tales and her work life as a union machinist and airframe mechanic grounded her short works for print and NPR, but she discovered the power of solo performance at The Marsh. David Ford, Ann Randolph, and the Monday Night Marsh series first put her words onstage. Nice is Not What We Do, her first full-length solo show, delighted festival audiences in Fresno, Boulder, San Francisco, Winnipeg, Canada, and Orlando. Kathleen is happy to bring it back to The Marsh.

Mark Kenward is the director of over 20 full-length solo shows. Four of those had runs at The Marsh, including Houston Robertson’s Victory for the Recycled Virgin.

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Written and Performed by Alicia Dattner
Directed by Katie Rubin
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

“Best Storyteller.” -New York United Solo Festival, Off Broadway

“Sold Out Show Award.” -SF Fringe Festival

“Goofy, messy, and fun!” -SF Weekly

Jewish princess seeks Indian guru for one life stand!
In this true-life story, Alicia leaves the safety of San Francisco for a three-month solo adventure across India, in search of spiritual salvation with the masters. From seductive French yoga teachers to scary Indian toilets, Alicia pokes fun at her Western monkey-mind irritations, including the Italian fashion exporter with a Krishna fetish and mosquitoes the size of small ponies, to the Chabad House on the Ganges, ultimately, discovering the true meaning of mustaches and masala chai.

Renowned kirtan musician, Mirabai Warkulwiz opens the show and sets the stage, joining Alicia in creating a total Jew-in- India experience of homemade chai and prasad (Indian sweets), a splash of delicious kirtan music (call and response Sanskrit music), and a lot of laughter.

Voted Best Comedian in both the SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian, Alicia Dattner has performed in Hollywood, Hawaii, New York, Bombay, and London, and she’s delighted to bring this epic show back home to the Bay where her heart is.

Alicia Dattner did her first standup set at the tender age of 18 and performed often at The Marsh’s Mock Cafe. Mentored by several talented comedians over the years, W. Kamau Bell (HBO, FX, CNN), Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers), and Bill Santiago (Comedy Central), she’s been knocking out audiences at clubs like The Improv, The Punch Line, Cobb’s, and Gotham Comedy Club, in Hollywood, Bombay, New York, and London. After a dozen years of doing standup, she’s now racking up awards for her humorous, insightful one-woman shows. Fresh from an sold-out run Off Broadway in New York this spring, Alicia’s shows and extended runs have garnered her a number of awards, including Best Comedian in both the SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian.

Mirabai (Kirtan singer) is trained in jazz and folk, and found the bhakti path in 2002. Mirabai has studied Indian music and kirtan with Jai Uttal, Sargam Shah and Krishna Das.

Katie Rubin (Director) has been toured her first comedic solo show, “Insides OUT!”, to venues across the country for 8 years and has been acting and performing ever since.

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Written and Performed by Dazié Grego-Sykes
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 18 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Nigga-Roo: looks closely at black identity internalized racism, colorism, and the impact of oppression on the Black psyche. Dazié Grego-Sykes is known for performing multidisciplinary work that cuts through rhetoric and directly into human emotion. This has led to a style that is consistently described as being “in your face” and “unapologetic.” The ongoing question I ask myself developing this work is “what would I say about race if I were unafraid of who was listening?” The result is an hour long production that looks deeply into the collective consciousness of Black Folk.

“Nigga-Roo” materializes, in corporal form, the embodiment of life experiences, ancestral memory and pure fantasy–embracing at its core the fundamentally surreal and abstract nature of the construct of race, and by extension, blackness itself.

Dazié Rustin Grego is a poet, performance artist, and activist. Dazié’s performance work and style was developed at The Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his BA in Queer Performance and Activism. He has developed and produced several solo plays including three, Where Is Adam and I AM A MAN. Currently, Dazié is studying to receive his MFA in Creative Inquiry at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Performed by Naomi Newman & Linda Hirschhorn
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | 1 Intermission | All Ages
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

In TWO BIG MOUTHS Naomi and Linda weave a tapestry of personal stories, songs, and theatre pieces about growing up and learning a thing or two.
Here are what some folks are saying about TWO BIG MOUTHS:
“Marvelous, healing story-telling!”  
“I laughed and cried.”  
“The mixture of strength and vulnerability was a beautiful thing.”  
“Deeply moving, from the joyful to the heartbreaking.”  
Naomi and Linda make quite a powerful pair. Jewels you both are.”
Naomi Newman co-founded a Traveling Jewish Theater in 1978. For over three decades with TJT she changed hats between director, playwright, and performer, winning awards in each field. For her contributions to the cultural life in the Bay Area, Ms. Newman has received a Tikkun Award, Mill Valley Creative Achievement Award, and Theatre Bay Area’s Community Leadership Award. A book containing an oral history of her life and career is now part of the Legacy Collection of The S.F. Performing Arts Museum. Although TJT has closed its doors, Newman remains active in the Bay Area as an individual theatre artist: she has staged multiple performances and readings of six of her short plays; she continues to perform her solo show, Becoming Grace, based on the writing of Grace Paley; and as dramaturge and director, she helps other performers develop their solo pieces.

Linda Hirschhorn is a performing singer/songwriter/composer/cantor and storyteller. She travels around the country concertizing and working with or creating community choruses. Linda has released 10 recordings of original songs and published hundreds of songs that have been covered by other artists, used in movies, choreographed by dance companies, and sung in synagogues throughout the world. Linda has been the Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro since 1987. Her women’s a cappella ensemble Vocolot celebrated its 25th anniversary in November of 2012.

The Moby Dick Diaries

Written and Performed by Andrea Mock
Developed with Leonard Pitt & Directed by David Ford9fd08cc7-bcea-4422-927f-17b08b23cb5b
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 16 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

LEE WEST a 16 year-old girl living in Porterville, California is hell-bent to choreograph Moby Dick. If she can win first prize at a talent contest, this will be her one-way ticket out of her boring Central Valley town and an escape from her Mom’s fate, a lifetime of washing out her husband’s underwear. She’s close to the realization of her dream when her eco-warrior boyfriend asks her to chose between her passion for his cause or her passion for Art.

Andrea Mock’s show, BRAIN_IN_A_ BOX was Critics Choice for SF Weekly, Bay Guardian, and the Oakland Tribune. Kristanna Bertelsmann of the Express wrote about it, “…a warm and witty take on today’s techno-geek culture.” Mock has received four grants from the Zellerbach Foundation for her stage productions and one grant from ODC SF.

This semi-autobiographical, dance-theater comedy was developed by Leonard Pitt and David Ford, directed by Leonard Pitt.

Wake-Up Call

Written and Performed by Jerry Franklin1896c452-143c-4813-8000-fc584d6e4d50
Directed by and Developed with David Ford
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:30pm
70 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 18 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Fate is clearly at work when happenstance connects Jerry and his future wife Kate at a dog park in Los Angeles.  She had asked the universe to send her a Jew and the universe delivered.  Though they have about as much in common as a chrysanthemum and a kitchen mop – Jerry would be the mop in this analogy – they stay together.  And then fate intervenes again.

Jerry Franklin has been a writer all his adult life, and a performer even longer.  He’s a former print and broadcast journalist, a recovering screenwriter, a nascent playwright, and entering his third decade writing for software companies (English – not code).  He also possesses a range of professional performing credits in music, theatre, and improv comedy, and earned a standing ovation at a recent Bawdy Storytelling show.

Jerry is a native of Brooklyn, currently resides in Alameda with his two dogs, and has never stopped searching for good pastrami.

Holding the Edge–

Written and Performed by Elaine Magreea0e9a6ad-0a90-4fe0-b126-bd904b482e5a
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 13 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

January 28, 1986: the AIDS epidemic, the Challenger explosion, and early sobriety. What’s a woman to do? Get up, go to work, get the kids to cub scouts on time and start a riot! An irrevernt and outraged hospice nurse finds herself out there…holding the edge.

Elaine Magree’s work has been seen at The Magic Theatre, The California Shakespeare Festival, The Working Women’s Theatre Festival, Brava, The People’s Theatre Festival, The National Women’s Theatre Festival and the 54th St Theatre in New York. She has taught theatre at community colleges, The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and in homeless shelters, recovery programs, and in prison.

Summer In Sanctuary 

Written and Performed by Al Letson
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:30pm
85 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15 and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

“Letson’s Honesty makes it a show worth seeing. It is laugh-out-loud funny at times, intriguing and intellectual at others, but it ultimately communicates the profound truth that little bit of love goes a long way.” –Showbiz Weekly 

Summer in Sanctuary is an autobiographical piece by a performance poet/playwright/NPR Host Al Letson. Letson chronicles his journey working at a summer camp at the Sanctuary on 8th street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in the south. Letson challenges perceptions about race and class, as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children of the Sanctuary. Funny, poignant, and ultimately inspiring, Summer in Sanctuary will take you into the heart of a community, and leave you with a better understanding of the world.

Bruce Barthol Life and Songs: A Work in Progress

Written and Performed by Bruce Bartholda8fd96f-4506-45fe-af03-9450de96b24a
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | 1 Intermission | All Ages
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Bruce Barthol, the original bass player for Country Joe and the Fish (1966-’68) and resident songwriter for the SF Mime Troupe (1976- 2007), plays the songs he’s written (and a few others) to explore the times he’s lived through and the places he’s been.  From Berkeley to Berlin and Madrid to Managua, from the Free Speech Movement  to draft evading in London, to a hunger strike in Jerusalem,  experience the life and songs of Bruce Barthol.

Bruce Barthol was an original member of Country Joe and the Fish, (1966-1968) with whom he earned a Gold Record. He was resident composer/lyricist with the San Francisco Mime Troupe from 1976 to 2007, with over 35 productions to his credit, including: (Factwino Meets the Moral Majority (Bay Area Critics Award  Best Score, 1981), TONY Award, Excellence in Regional Theater 1987, Seeing Double (OBIE AWARD, 1990), Eating It (Backstage West/ Drama-Logue Honorable Mention Original Score, 2000). and Stagebridge/Berkeley Rep, FSM, Berkeley 2014. He was a Harburg Fellow at NYU/Tisch where he received an MFA in Musical Theater.  He recently toured Ireland and the UK.

Solitary Man: My Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison  

Written and Performed by Charlie Hinton58586aaf-ff6c-4dde-be53-6540f6d46316
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:30pm
55 minutes | No Intermission | Some disturbing content
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

In July, 2013 I responded to an action alert to write letters of support to a number of hunger strikers held in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Units (SHUs), also known as solitary confinement. Several of them wrote me back. Through their letters, conversations with former prisoners, and my personal observations, I’ve created Solitary Man. It’s serious material, but does have a few laugh lines.

Solitary Man is my second solo show, after Lifewish. I grew up in Joplin, MO and spent 3 years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. I joined Bay Area Gay Liberation in 1975, and through BAGL, became active around prison matters. I worked the last 19 years at Inkworks Press, a worker owned and collectively managed printing company in Berkeley that recently closed its doors, leaving me “retired.”

Mincing Words

Written and Performed by Tom Ammianobe7a0ad0-e7a1-4081-a631-fbfca2d34aad
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | 18 years and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Sacramento. Join Tom Ammiano’s Magical Mystery Tour of his time in Sacramento as an assembly member. Enjoy his rollicking version of his “Tales From The Crypt,” describing the culture in the state capital, his colleagues, and the voter as they strive to take the ass out of assembly.

Tom Ammiano, long time San Francisco LGBT activist, comic teacher, and elected official, is a grandfather, a queen, and a lefty. He appreciates the opportunity the Emerald City has given him to pursue his goal of public service.

From Piss To Bliss

Photo By: Kenny Yun

Written and Performed by Ady Lady
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:30pm
55 minutes | No Intermission | 14 years and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Ady desperately wants to love mankind. How is she supposed to do this on Muni? Can salvation be found on a Segway? What about in a porta-potty at a breast cancer walk? Is our peace really all around us, or was Deepak lying about that? One thing is certain: a golden shower is NOT a baptism. In her hilarious new one-woman show, Ady valiantly tries to find and maintain her compassion among the pee smells. Namaste, people.

A native of the Bay Area and a graduate of UC Berkeley, Ady has been performing on stage for much of her life.  In 2003 she co-founded Heretic Theatre and performed original works with them throughout the Bay Area until 2009.  She wrote and performed her first one-woman show, What Ever Happened to Sara Jane? which premiered at the 2012 SF Fringe Festival and was performed to enthusiastic audiences at The Marsh, Stage Werx, and the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival. Ady has been incredibly fortunate to work with David Ford in the development of both her first show as well as From Piss to Bliss.

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Written and Performed by Kenny Yun
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | 15 years and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

A new immigrant family story with a twist! Oh no, mom is starting again. I want to eat my tater tots in peace. People at nearby tables are staring. How can I get her to stop? Too late, mom’s spilling her guts.

Kenny Yun is a solo show performer, director, and teacher. His first work “Lettuce Town Lies” about growing up in Salinas of California ran at The Marsh and won “Best Solo Show” with SF press. His dark dada comedy “The Kim Jong-IL Experience” had a workshop run at The Marsh. He has an English Literature degree from U.C. Berkeley. He has performed standup comedy and acted in classic and modern plays. He studied acting and directing at A.C.T. and Berkeley Rep. He was the winner of the Russian River Comedy Contest.

Who Was I?

CoreyFischerWritten and Performed by Corey Fischer, Ross Gualco, John Hoy
Directed by Naomi Newman
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | 15 years and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Corey Fischer, who’s been making theatre for over 45 years – he co-founded Traveling Jewish Theatre and worked with them for their 34 years of existence as actor, writer and director – is developing a new musical theatre piece about the brain, memory, identity and aging. His own songs and spoken-word hybrids are embedded in the piece and he’ll be accompanied by pianist/arranger Ross Gualco and guitarist John Hoy. As Corey, now 70 years old, sings, “We may be old, but we are not done!”

Corey Fischer, actor, writer, director and composer, has been creating and performing theatre for over forty-five years. In 1978 he co-founded Traveling Jewish Theatre, with whom he collaborated on more than two dozen works until the company closed in 2012. His last project with TJT was In the Maze of Our Own Lives, based on the history of the Group Theatre. Corey worked with visionary director Joseph Chaikin and the legendary improv group, The Committee, and appeared in the films M*A*S*H, Macabe and Mrs. Miller, Funny Lady, Bee Season, 5-Year Engagement and dozens of TV shows. In addition to making theatre, he teaches, coaches and consults privately.

Naomi Newman (Director and Dramaturge) was a co-founder of Traveling Jewish Theatre. She wrote, directed and performed dozens of original theatre pieces with the company during its 34 year-long life, winning awards in each area. For her contributions to Bay Area cultural life she has received a Tikkun Award, a Mill Valley Creative Achievement Award, and Theatre Bay Area’s Community Leadership Award. A book containing an oral history of her life and career is now part of the Legacy Collection of The S.F. Performing Arts Museum. Before co-founding TJT, Newman was a concert singer, television actor, improvisational theater director, and psychotherapist. Her interviews and anthologized writings have appeared in many publications.

Grey Matter

JulieKatzWritten & Performed by Julie Katz
Directed by Lexi Diamond
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | 15 years and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

You probably know some of the people that work for The Company in San Francisco. There’s the IT prodigy who’s bored out of his mind, the Office Manager who can’t catch a break, the dreamer in legal who longs for a creative life, and the deep thinker who started it all. When The Company makes a controversial decision, its employees are forced to examine their morals and what it means to show up to work every day. Come see how they deal with a matter that is not all black and white, because you might discover you’re part of their team too.

Julie Katz, Performer/Writer: Julie Katz is a performer, writer, and aspiring lead singer of a non-existent band. She moved to San Francisco from New York City in 2013, and before venturing westward, she spent her time improvising in various basement theaters in New York. She was a musical improv house team member at both the Magnet Theater and The P.I.T. Also in New York, Julie co-produced a monthly comedy extravaganza with her all female sketch and improv team, Candy Slice, who had a video tweeted by the one and only Ludacris. She has conceived and performed numerous solo performances, and toured the country (and Canada!) with a sketch comedy group called Fresh Meat. She was a member of the Brooklyn Soundpainting Company, a Brooklyn based company that used Soundpainting as both a means and an end to performance. Soundpainting is the universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. In San Francisco, Julie teaches and performs at Endgames Improv. She has completed the advanced study improv training program at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and received her BFA in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

Lexi Diamond, Director: Lexi Diamond is a director, dramaturg, playwright, and performer. Since graduating from Vassar College in 2013, she has worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre as the Peter F. Sloss Dramaturgy Fellow, a member of the Ground Floor New Works Lab artistic staff, and with the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Prior to her move to the Bay Area, she worked in the literary office and education department at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, and as an assistant director with the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program. She is also an improviser and producer at Endgames Improv in the Mission.

Second Time Around: A Duet for Cello and Storyteller

Photo: Ted Weinstein

Photo: Ted Weinstein

Written & Performed by Charlie Varon
Composed & Performed by Joan Jeanrenaud
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
70 minutes | No Intermission | 15 and up
Tickets: $10-$15 Sliding Scale

An exciting new collaboration between The Marsh’s own Charlie Varon and world-renowned cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. Charlie and Joan, working under the direction of David Ford, have adapted Charlie’s new short story, “Second Time Around,” into a fully-scored duet for cello and storyteller. Come see what happens when the magic of storytelling joins the soul-stirring music of the cello.

Story written and performed by Charlie Varon.
Original cello score composed and performed by Joan Jeanrenaud.
Developed with and directed by David Ford.

Charlie Varon has been credited with “redefining the medium” of solo performance (SF Chronicle). His hit shows at The Marsh have included Rabbi Sam, Rush Limbaugh in Night School, The People’s Violin and Feisty Old Jew. He has also collaborated on and directed Dan Hoyle’s many hit shows.

Joan Jeanrenaud is a cellist, composer, arranger, and improviser. She was the cellist of the Kronos Quartet for 20 years. Her work with Kronos included more than 30 recordings and over 2000 performances that took her to virtually every major concert hall worldwide. During those years the group became – in the words of New York Times critic John Rockwell – “the world’s best known, most innovative contemporary-music quartet.”

David Ford is the one of the nation’s leading directors of solo theater. He has collaborated with Charlie Varon for over two decades, and with dozens of other performers, including Geoff Hoyle, Brian Copeland, Marilyn Pittman and Echo Brown. For this project David has also taken on the role of conductor (although he will not appear on stage).

The Absent Father, The Wayward Son

Brandon HughesWritten, performed and directed by Brandon Hughes
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:30pm
75 minutes | No intermission | 15 years and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

A powerful, funny, and necessary story about David “DayDay” Williams. David has never met, talked to, or seen his father in person, though the discovery of photos under his mother’s bed affirm he looks nearly identical to him. This leads to David questioning his worth, resulting in an angry, confused, and wayward life. When he’s seventeen, David’s mother reveals a secret that drives him to express his feelings about the father he’s never met, and how different his life would’ve been if he had. Laced with lively characters, The Absent Father, the Wayward Son is a story about love, repentance, forgiveness, and redemption.

“Thought-provoking!” – USF Prof. James Taylor
Theater patron reviews: “This is precisely what brilliance looks like!”
“Brandon Hughes is some kind of wonderful . . .”

Victory for the Recycled Virgin

Written & Performed by Houston Robertson

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Houston Robertson

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:30pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | 15 and up
Tickets: $10-$15 Sliding Scale

In Victory for the Recycled Virgin, a naïve, divorced virgin bride of the 1950s grabs you by the heart with all her 79 years as she exposes the culture bred lies she and her husband have been living. When a revelation launches the painful collapse of the marriage, she catapults through the fearless and funny episodes of her midlife madness until she discovers a sexy, independent woman. Or am I a take-charge bitch? she wonders. Like life, Victory is full of surprises including some hot tips for parenting your own mother through a delayed adolescence. “The Buddha got his insights getting bird-crapped on while sitting under a Bodhi Tree. Houston arrives at the same realizations following a much more enticing path of bourbon, dating and clowning around.” San Diego Theatre Reviews.

Program Notes
Like life, this show is full of surprises as Houston Robertson romps through the fearless and funny episodes of her midlife madness. Witness the moment that dumps her in the trash and the moments that recycle her into the sexy, independent woman she is today. Or am I a take charge bitch? she wonders.
Developed with and Directed by Mark Kenward (markkenward.com). Additional direction from Jill Vice (jillvice.com).

Biography
Houston Robertson is “an insanely expressive and inspiring spirit” and brings to her solo work her experience as a writer, clown, and motivational speaker. Her motivational Talks and Tales for the Renaissance Years promote a developmental view of aging. Houston is a member of the Storytellers Association of California and the recipient of two Advanced Communicator Awards from Toastmasters. Houston has performed Victory at the Rogue Festival, San Diego Fringe Festival and Boulder Fringe Festival. She has performed locally at Monday Night Marsh, Tell it on Tuesdays, Solo Sundays and the Peacock Theater, Walnut Creek.

Colette Uncensored

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Written by Zack Rogow & Lorri Holt
Performed by Lorri Holt
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30pm

75 minutes | No intermission | 15 years and up
Tickets: $10-15 Sliding Scale

Setting: A lecture hall in Paris in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
Colette Uncensored tells the story of the author’s life as a writer, a woman, a pioneer for social change, and a lover. Colette wrote the books that the movies Gigi and Cheri were based on, as well as fifty other works. In addition to a prolific career as a writer, Colette blazed trails in many areas, from women’s empowerment, to respect for nature, to sexual liberation.

The play includes several excerpts from a newly published collection of Colette’s writings, Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems, translated by Zack Rogow and Renée Morel. Last winter Lorri Holt did a series of readings at Bay Area bookstores to launch the publication of this new collection of Colette’s work, with introductions by Renée and Zack. The response to these reading was so enthusiastic that Zack and Lorri decided to approach the Kennedy Center in Washington DC about doing a one-woman show based on Colette’s life and work, during the recent revival of the musical Gigi. Lorri performed a staged reading of an early version of the show on February 8, 2015, at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

Zack and Lorri have extensively revised the script under the guidance of director David Ford. The show now presents an overview of Colette’s life in an intimate theater piece, interwoven with excerpts from the author’s work that display Colette’s gifts for storytelling, social commentary, humor, and description of nature.

Lorri Holt (actor, playwright) has been a leading actress in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than three decades, working with Berkeley Rep, ACT, The Aurora, The Magic, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse and many others. Most recently she originated the role of Joyce Rumsfeld in Cutting Ball Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Mount Misery by Andrew Saito. Other recent credits include Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at Berkeley Rep, Ella in Curse of the Starving Class at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, and Susan in Becky Shaw at SF Playhouse. For ten years she was a leading actress with San Francisco’s acclaimed Eureka Theatre, where she originated the role of Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Regional and international credits include work at Birmingham Rep in England, the Barbican Theatre in London, La Jolla Playhouse, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Most recent film credit is Josh Kornbluth’s new film, Love & Taxes. Lorri holds a BA in dramatic art from UC Berkeley and an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College, and has received honors and awards for both her acting and her published short stories. This is her first solo show.

Zack Rogow (playwright) is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His translations from French include the novel Green Wheat by Colette. His adaptation and translation of the play Marius by Marcel Pagnol was produced by the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley and by the Storm Theatre in New York. He is writing a series of plays that incorporate the works of authors into their life stories, including Things I Didn’t Know I Loved, about the Turkish writer Nazim Hikmet, which had staged readings in Berkeley directed by Barbara Oliver; and at the annual AWP conference. Carleton College and University of Alaska have hosted staged readings of his play Tangled Love, about the Japanese woman poet Yosano Akiko. His play La Vie en Noir about Senegalese poet Léopold Sédar Senghor had a staged reading performed by the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco. Rogow has received the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Award for his co-translation of André Breton’s Earthlight, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Translation Award for his English version of George Sand’s Horace. He is an associate faculty member in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.